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ALL IN THE DETAILS: Mixing Prints With A Bit Of Shine

Whether it’s a sunny afternoon or an unbearably cold morning, there is always a way to work some prints into your wardrobe. No matter how hectic your school schedule may be, you can mix prints without fear of looking as chaotic as the day that awaits you.

When I saw this Fashionista on a chilly afternoon, I was stunned by the beautiful harmony of color in her outfit. The ease with which she combined the polka dot pattern on her sweater and zebra print on her scarf was spectacular. Although it may not seem instinctive to mix a preppy print with a tribal one, this Fashionista shows that it is possible, if not genius.

This style choice worked because the gold tones in the zebra print scarf meshed perfectly with the navy blue backdrop and the bright pops of pink on her sweater. Instead of going for another bold color that could have clashed with her sweater, she chose a glistening neutral with a unique print that added an endearing charisma to her look.

In addition to the gold sheen of her scarf, this Fashionista carried other glints of gold in her ensemble. For instance, she wore a skinny, light brown leather belt with gold accents and a dainty gold bangle that was embellished with a pearl and a pendant engraved with her first initial.

I also appreciated that while she placed the emphasis of her outfit in the top of her ensemble, she did not neglect the other pieces of her outfit. For example, the soft blush color on her pants contrasted perfectly with the potent shade of blue on her sweater and her beige, suede booties.

How To: If you’re wondering how to mix some prints of your own, but are afraid to go overboard, use this Fashionista as your print guide! First, pick out your favorite printed top or pair of pants. Then, add a neutral, printed accessory such as a clutch or scarf that makes your outfit look cohesive and unique. Finally, add small metallic hints with minimalist jewelry to give your look a refreshing shine.